Encourage Reading and Pretend Play With Let’s Pretend Balloon Toons

Zoe and Robot Let’s Pretend written by Ryan Sias totally captures what we want for our children – to develop and use their imaginations!

The gist of this colorful cartoon is that Zoe wants to pretend play play climbing a mountain (also known as a large pile of pillows) with Robot.

Robot tells her, “Zoe, Robot is a robot. Robots do not know how to pretend.”

But Zoe knows how to pretend. And so she does.

Zoe dresses up in mountain climbing gear. She uses a fan to make it windy. She brings imaginary trail mix for snacks. All the while, Robot is still not understanding how to pretend play.

And then something happens that will make you believe that anyone can learn to pretend, even robots. (But, you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out exactly what occurs.)

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all regularly used our imaginations?!

GIVEAWAY – 5 Books!

Comment below with your favorite childhood pretend play activity to win one of five copies of Zoe and Robot by Ryan Sias! Giveaway ends April 30, 2011.

*I always played pirates with my best friend, Justin, using garbage lid cans for shields and sticks for swords. Our little sisters got to walk the plank. That was the best part!

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  1. Joan Joustra says

    My brothers and sisters and I used to put kitchen chairs together to make “the bridge” and play 3 Billy Goats Gruff.

  2. Brianna B says

    I loved playing secratary with my best friend. We had phones, message pads, calclators, the whole nine. We would play ALL DAY! Such fun…puts a smile on my face just remembering.

  3. says

    My sister and I had a playhouse my Dad built us in the backyard. We used to plan sleepovers there with our cousins. Often my Dad would pretend to be a bear and scare us in the middle of the night which would send us all running back into the house.

  4. says

    We loved to play orphans. We’d play inside or outside, and set up our little orphan house on our own – no parents around. The play was all about the set up and organizing and imagining all the parts that made up our story.

  5. Jackie J. says

    We used to play grocery store with empty cereal boxes, etc. I had a little red metal cash register. Little did I know I would meet my husband many years later when we both worked at the same grocery store!

  6. says

    We would pretend to be the ‘fabric store cutters’…after all those trips with our mom to the fabric store, we thought that would be the coolest job ever! Ha, that must be what started my love of fabric and quilting!

  7. Jennifer says

    I had a playhouse that looked like my house and my friends and I would play house for hours every day. We would pull the leaves off of Mimosa trees for our “food”. Good times!

  8. MaryEllen says

    We had a junior kind of civic league at school. At home I would make my whole family sit down in the audience, and I would have a table with a gavel…..we would rise to sing the national anthem….. I was the president and would call the meeting to order by banging the gavel……we would go through all kinds of pretend orders of business……..making motions and seconding them……having entertainment and gathering pennies for the Red Cross……I was about 6 years old and my siblings were younger. Did I become president of something as an adult? No. But I did become a grade one school teacher.

    I don’t have a website. Hope I still qualify for the contest.

  9. Patricia E says

    I loved playing school with my younger siblings. We rode the pretend school bus and put chairs in rows. I always played the teacher and my siblings were the students. We even had a library and would check out books. I remember those days.


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